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I saw your posting on the ethics complaint filed by Couch. Many of his facts are wrong. I completed the report and the reason I reported a negative balance is that I included credit card charges as they were incurred, which is required in the regulations. The young people we hired to work on primary day were paid on June 4 and that information will be in our July report. They were trained to neither harass nor hassle any voter but to simply distribute literature which is what they did. They got lots of pushback from the canvassers who are a very rough lot including one who threatened to hit one young woman. Our poll workers were either young people from Conway or students there, clean cut and polite and recruited in part for that reason. They weren't paid until June 4 because I didn't get the spreadsheet with their names, addresses and amounts they were to be paid until around June 1.To a followup question about the lack of disclosure of the financial supporters of her group, Dillard responded:
The complaint from Couch is ironic since he was canvassing for signatures before his ballot committee forms were filed with the Ethics Commission.
I wish some enterprising reporter would look a little more closely at National Ballot Access. Our research indicates that Edee Baggett and her husband have not filed a certificate with the Secretary of State as required of foreign corporations doing business here. They also are out of compliance with similar requirements in their home state of Georgia. They have numerous personal tax liens. We wonder if they paid income tax in Arkansas on the almost half a million dollars they made in 2012 in Arkansas and if they filed 1099s in Arkansas on all their canvassers making more than $600 in the state.
The spokesperson for the Walmart financed effort ($600K so far) has called the canvassers "tough cookies" which is putting it mildly. We also have young people observing canvassers in Conway and one canvasser routinely retrieves discarded cigarette butts from the ground and smokes them. Some canvassers are very aggressive in getting signatures, others have gone into the stores where they are stationed leaving petitions unattended outside. Some are just sad characters.
As the signature gathering gets more difficult, I'm guessing this will get more acrimonious. It's regrettably common in these kinds of situations. I know it's easy to demonize liquor store owners but most are family owned businesses concerned when Walmart decides to get in the liquor business in a big way. They know they will be the losers as have other local retailers when Walmart competes against them.
They didn't put money in until June. Most is from the Conway County Legal Beverage Association. I've worked for them for 27 years handling their charitable giving in Conway County. They have given $2.7 million during that time with all decisions on grants made by a local board. So I see them as good guys just trying to protect their businesses from Walmart in this fight.
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